Federation of Poets Newsletter
Keeping you informed
      December 2009
In This Issue

Welcome New Members

Poetry Canada Last Edition

 Paypal Payments
Important Notice

 CFP Events

Member News

Contests & Calls

Spread the Word!


Be sure to introduce yourself in the Federation online forums, and check out the member biography section to find out more about each.

New Members:

  • Marilyn Edwards - Langley, BC
  • Darla Fisher-Odjig - Acton, ON
  • Raymond Miot - Verdun, QC
  • Michael Morris - Burnaby, BC 
  • John Corvese - Burlington, ON
  • Irving Miller - Chicago, IL
  • Fotios Panos - Greece
  • Paulos Ioannou - Toronto, ON
  • Marjorie Bruhmeller - Cookshire-Eaton, Quebec 
  • Rena Nauen - Israel
  • Susan Tearoe - Greenwood, BC
  • Caroline Harriet - Ladysmith, BC
  • Martin Hayter - Victoria, BC
  • Aline Soules - Danfield, CA, USA
  • Rena Nauen - Israel
  • Stephanie Hodgins - Miss., ON
  • Tony Hellman - Burlington, ON
  • Beverly Baker - Mount Pearl, NFLD

  • Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean
    C.C, C.M.M., C.O.M., C.D.
    Governor General of Canada

     Renewed Members:
  • Marlene Laplante
  • Neil Harding MacAlistair
  • Raymond Fenech
  • Maria Pia Marchelletta
  • Jodie Lindley
  • Rosa Hong Chen
  • Geneva Neale
  • Nikhil Parekh
  • Gary Pierluigi
  • Bernard Pelletier
  • Maria DiDanieli
  • Joanna Gale
  • Saskia Maddock
  • Linda Dowd
  • Judith Black



    The next and last issue of Poetry Canada is  coming shortly.   

    It has the interview with Priscila Uppal - Griffin Poetry Short List finalist. 


    This will the last edition, and I will come up with easier ways to get the word out through article distribution in the newsletter, and teleseminar recordings of interviews you'll find interesting.

    It will contain the Priscila Uppal interview, Spirit Youth Award Winners, Book Review, articles and poetry.


    Back issues are available, once they're gone that's it.


    Here is the link to any that are left.


    Poetry Canada Archives



    Poetry Contest
    Science Poetry
    from Neil McAlister
    Open until June 30, 2010
    Go here for details 

    CALLING All Artists -

    How would you like your art on the cover of our anthologies Credit and 2 free copies plus get free promoted. 

    Send a .jpg or .gif for review - even better is if you have a link to a gallery.

  • We promote FREE contests, if you have one, let us know and we'll let everyone else know.


  • Federation of Poets

    Proudly display the CFP logo on your site, and let us know, and you'll be  automatically entered into a contest where you can win a free ad in Poetry Canada.  Link to:



    Cheryl Xavier of Mississauga, CA is the Calendar Coordinator!
    Email her at:

    If you are a CFP member, this is a great way to promote your book launches, appearances, and check out contest calls and events.

    If you are a CFP member, or a CFP Affiliate Organization feel free to submit your events to us. It is a great way to easily increase attendance.   


    Over 20 benefits including a great community of friends.




    Canadian Federation of Poets

    We are always looking for help, if you would like to join our volunteer team, go here and check out our list of positions.

    Become a CFP Volunteer


    A great organization that is a Federation affiliate is:

    The Emily Isaacson Institute

    Have you checked them out?

    Enter them ALL!
    The call is open for 4 anthologies. 
           The Poetry of (TM) ....
       World-wide Call



    LOVE - Closed and in
    SEASONS - Closed
    BIRTH - Closed and in
    PEACE - Closed
    Marriage - Closed


  • December- Last month of 2009 before we bring in a new year.

    I'd like you to think about what kind of IMPACT you want to make for 2010. What do you want to accomplish with your poetry? What events do you want to attend? What organizations do you want to support? What message do you want to get out there?

    Make 2010 the year you can finish this sentence "My message for this year is ...."

    Our membership is growing fast, and with over 3000 newsletter subscribers that's a lot of potential new members to become a part of our family and sharing in this experience. For only $35 for an entire year, your news can appear here, on our blog, your items can be added to our CFP Shop, and there are tons of promotion opportunities. Go here to find out more:

    And our current National Coordinator George Arnold is moving to New Zealand, and starting us up in that country now, and that has meant a lot of exciting changes for us right here. See below for the full story. This also means that we have to have all members move to an automated payment system - ie. paypal - no more cheques can be processed. If you haven't already done this - it is time to renew/join using this method so you can continue to be a part of a great organization



    Enjoy the month and keep on creating  :)
    Join the Canadian Federation of Poets
                  Because Now You're Family!

                        LAST CHANCE FOR SOME 
    The call is open for 7 anthologies. 
                              The Poetry of (TM) ....
                                 World-wide Call

         Check them all out, and submit to any that
         speaks to you.  
    The Poetry of...

                             Enjoy the journey.

    Tracy Lynn Repchuk
    President and Founder of the Canadian Federation of Poets



          JOIN TODAY! 


    Are you a CFP member and write articles?  Send them in too. They can be considered for this newsletter as well. That is free publicity and promotion whether you are a poet, editor or publicist. The articles should be how to, tips and tricks, getting published type. Anything that helps a poet take their craft to the next level.


    Featured Book

    In his eloquent new collection of poetry, Poems of Moss and Water (published by AuthorHouse), Ray Miot plumbs the depths of nature, love and destiny, revealing filigree impressions on the world and human emotion.

    Wrapping beauty and horror in an evocative mix of words and images, Poems of Moss and Water offers a message of love, mutual understanding and peace in a war-torn, despairing world.

    It presents a thoughtful, life-enhancing collection of poetry that will surely invigorate readers’ perception of the world around them.

    To order your copy go to: Authorhouse


    "PROMOTE YOUR BOOK in this newsletter
     Stays online for years.

    Farewell Picture

    George Arnold - our past National Coordinator is heading to New Zealand and on his way - he stops by Los Angeles to see me as we think about Continental expansion.

    Tracy Repchuk




    A reminder that for many of you it is time to renew.  Everything is now done online

    As you may recall over a year ago we

    implemented paypal online processing for your membership. Two things happen here, one – the following year it automatically renews, and two, it is possible for us to keep the costs low.

    Paypal eliminates the need to manually monitor and follow up with renewals, which is a huge, time consuming task.  It allows us to know when you truly do decide to leave, not when emails didn’t arrive to you, or you forgot to renew. It allows us to focus on the website, blog, newsletter, and promotion, an issue where poets often need the most help. 

    So if you have not gone through the paypal payment option yet, it is time to do so.

    If you recently had the last opportunity to pay via cheque (which was an option because our National Coordinator was handling that – and he is now moving to New Zealand to start a new branch there), then you are good until next year, at which time you’ll need to use the paypal processing option.

    For those of you who already did this a year ago, it will be auto renewing shortly, if not already.  I ask you one enormous favour during this cycle, if you get billed via paypal, and you do wish to not continue with the CFP, send an email to tracy@federationofpoets.com  and say please cancel. I will then go into the system, and REFUND your money. 

    If you report the CFP as a fraudulent company – which is what you do when you say you did not authorize the payment, which you did, then we get a black mark against our account. I will gladly refund your money – under any circumstances. But when we get black marks, they can shut the account down immediately, and seize all funds. They can hold this for 6 months, or even longer. All of the CFP money is in there, because I no longer live in Canada. I pay the bills from here, and manage everything. If they do this because members did not give us a chance to refund your money, we will close. This is the only solution I have to be able to do what I do from another country. So please, you know this is an organization that has been here since 2001, and I donate my time and often times money, as do all the other volunteers to keep this running.   Help to keep the CFP alive by giving us the opportunity to respond and refundwe will do that every time, for any reason.

           I thank you, and appreciate you.


  • Third Thursday of Every Month - 7pm
    Oakville Federation
    Timothy's World Coffee
    321 Lakeshore Rd. E, Oakville, ON
    Contact: Saskia Maddock

    Open mic event for all members, non members and Federation Affiliate members to participate in.
  • Third Wednesday of Every Month - 7pm
    Halifax Federation of Poets
    Mollyz Diner
    2104 Gottingen Street, Halifax, NS
    Every third Wednesday of each month
    Contact: Donelda Kent
    at doneldak@federationofpoets.com

    Last Thursday of Every Month - 7pm
    New Brunswick Federation

    Pizza Delight
    9362 Main St. Richibucto, NB
    Contact: Rebecca Cuevas De Caissie
    Admission: Free

    Open mic event where poets and performers can get together and share both poetry and short stories.

    Federation Peel Region (Brampton/Mississauga)
    Last Friday of every month starting at 6:00p.m. at the

    Courtneypark Library Branch (upper lounge reading area) at Mavis and the 401, Mississauga. ON
    730 Courtneypark Dr. W

    Peel Region Federation
    Contact: Cheryl Xavier
    Admission: Free

  • Durham Region Federation of Poets
    contact Stella Ducker at StellaCD@federationofpoets.com

  • Penticton, BC Federation of Poets
    contact Donna Thompson at: DonnaT@federationofpoets.com
  • Calgary, Alberta Federation of Poets
    contact Wei Yin at: weiyin@federationofpoets.com

    NEW** India Federation of Poets

    contact Nikhil Parekh at: nikhilp@federationofpoets.com


  • Check out all the details on the calendar

  •        CFP MEMBER NEWS

    If you are a CFP member with exciting news, let us know.  Send an email with the news in it, and a subject line of CFP Member News.

    Tracy Repchuk -

    * Presented at the Association of Strategic Marketing presentation for Email Strategies and Deliverability
    * Presenting for Ladies who Launch - How to get Recurring Riches for Life
    * Interviewed by Amanda Robins for Toddler Taming entrepreneur event - "Free Replay"
    * Interview on Dec. 7th at 5pm PST by Andy Sacker - Free Access

    Nikhil Parekh -
    * All my Poetry Books , nearly 7000 pages of my Poetry have now been published at http://www.Wattpad.com - http://www.wattpad.com/user/nikhilparekh 

    * Applied for my 8th National Record in Poetry with the Limca Book of Records India

  • Tom Hemeon-
    * Tom and his wife just published a book of her poetry and 20 of his poems called "In the Doorway Between Day and Night"

    Darla Fisher-Nadeau
    * Official book launch of "Swimming to the Surface" Friday Dec.11th, at 5:30pm Courtney park Branch Library, Miss. ON

    Send me your news-
    CFP Members ONLY
    Send me your news, it must be in point form, but more importantly it must have the subject line CFP news
    (I get over 1000 emails every day, so I have to be able to search by that subject line to put them in here :)